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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Jane Glover Conducts the Minnesota Orchestra, Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and 2

 

Minnesota Orchestra concerts feature violinist Karen Gomyo in Mozart’s Turkish Concerto; Minnesota Orchestra musician Roma Duncan performs Vivaldi’s Piccolo Concerto in C major

Symphony in 60 program on February 2 features a 60-minute concert of music by Ravel, Vivaldi and Bizet


In concerts on January 31, February 1 and 2, British conductor Jane Glover makes her Minnesota Orchestra debut leading the ensemble in music by Ravel, Mozart (on January 31 and February 1), Vivaldi and Bizet. The Thursday and Friday concerts open with Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and then feature violin phenom Karen Gomyo in Mozart’s Turkish Violin Concerto. Minnesota Orchestra flute and piccolo player Roma Duncan solos in Vivaldi’s Piccolo Concerto in C major and the concerts close with Bizet’s buoyant Symphony No. 1.

The concert on Saturday, February 2, is a Minnesota Orchestra Symphony in 60 performance. This one-hour-long concert begins at 6 p.m., is performed without intermission, and includes Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, Vivaldi’s Piccolo Concerto in C major performed by Roma Duncan, and Bizet’s First Symphony (please note: Karen Gomyo does not perform on the February 2 program). Symphony in 60 concerts include a $5 pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews and an opportunity to meet musicians onstage after the performance.

The full-length Minnesota Orchestra concerts are performed at the ensemble’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 11 a.m., and Friday, February 1, 2019, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $30 to $107. The Symphony in 60 concert is also performed at Orchestra Hall on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 6 p.m., with tickets priced at $32. More information is available at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656.  For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.


Jane Glover, conductor
Jane Glover is music director of Chicago’s Music of the Baroque. Her previous posts include director of the London Mozart Players, principal conductor of both the Huddersfield and the London Choral Societies, and director of opera at the Royal Academy of Music. She has conducted all the major orchestras in Britain, as well as orchestras in Europe, the U.S., the Far East and Australia, and she is in demand on the international opera stage with appearances in London, Berlin, Chicago and New York. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut conducting Mozart’s The Magic Flute and made her Houston Grand Opera debut conducting Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. She is the author of two books: Mozart’s Women and Handel in London. More: kaylormanagement.com.

Karen Gomyo, violin
Karen Gomyo made her solo debut with the Minnesota Orchestra at Sommerfest 1999 while still a student at the Juilliard School of Music. She was heard at Orchestra Hall most recently in February 2017 performing Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2. In May 2018, she performed the world premiere of Samuel Adams’ new Chamber Concerto, written for her, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen, to great critical acclaim. Highlights of her 2018-19 season include debuts with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia, as well as returns to the San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Oregon Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Dallas Symphony and WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln. She regularly performs with Astor Piazzolla’s longtime pianist and tango legend Pablo Ziegler and his partners, and with guitarist Ismo Eskelinen. More: seldycramerartists.com. 

Roma Duncan, piccolo
Roma Duncan, who joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2003, has been featured with the Orchestra in Vivaldi’s C-major Piccolo Concerto twice before, in 2005 and 2007. She appears regularly on the Orchestra’s chamber music series, most recently performing Bach’s Sonata in E minor with Orchestra colleagues in January 2017. She is also often featured on the Young People’s Concert series, including as narrator in Kleinsinger’s Tubby the Tuba and as a soloist in Kling’s The Elephant and the Fly. She has been a featured soloist with several orchestras in her native Canada, including l’Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec and the Windsor Symphony. Prior to her Minnesota appointment, she was a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Orchestra London in Canada, and the Ann Arbor, Windsor and Warren symphony orchestras. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.

Ravel, Mozart, Vivaldi and Bizet
Ravel shaped Le Tombeau de Couperin as an elegant tribute to the 18th-century French composer Couperin, and to Ravel’s friends fallen in World War I. The oboe takes a starring role in lively and gentle dance rhythms borrowed from the French Baroque. 

Mozart’s Turkish Concerto, his fifth and final violin concerto and arguably his most popular, requires an elegant virtuosity from the soloist. An episode at the center of the final movement swirls with exotic folk tunes, giving the concerto its Turkish nickname.

The soloist barely pauses for breath in Vivaldi’s Piccolo Concerto, a cheerful work for the highest-pitched wind instrument—a jewel among the prolific composer’s some 500 concertos.

Bizet’s First Symphony, which the composer considered a student exercise, was rediscovered and premiered 60 years after his death. A highlight is the Adagio and its poignant oboe solo.


Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts
BIZET, MOZART AND VIVALDI

Thursday, January 31, 2019, 11 a.m. (Coffee Concert) / Orchestra Hall
Friday, February 1, 2019, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Jane Glover
, conductor
Karen Gomyo, violin
Roma Duncan, piccolo

RAVEL                              Le Tombeau de Couperin
MOZART                         Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish
VIVALDI                           Piccolo Concerto in C major
BIZET                                Symphony No. 1 

Tickets: $30 to $107


Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concert
SYMPHONY IN 60: BIZET, RAVEL AND VIVALDI 

Saturday, February 2, 2019, 6 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Jane Glover, conductor
Roma Duncan, piccolo

RAVEL                              Le Tombeau de Couperin
VIVALDI                           Piccolo Concerto in C major
BIZET                                Symphony No. 1

Tickets: $32

Note: the previously-announced Symphony in 60 concert at 8 p.m. on February 2 has been cancelled.


TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION

Tickets can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org, or by calling 612-371-5656 or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and beginning two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit minnesotaorchestra.org. For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit minnesotaorchestra.org/subscribe. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.

The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2018-19 season.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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